Describe a time you got lost in a place you didn’t know about
– When did it happen
– Who was with you
– What did you do
– How you felt about it
- Well, these days applications like Google Map have made it quite easy to find any location correctly within seconds.
- However, sometimes over-dependence on technology also becomes the root cause of the problem.
- Here I would like to talk about an incident that happened to me a few years back when I was going to attend the wedding of one of my college friends.
- Actually, my friend, Nikhil, lives in a small village in Uttarakhand and he invited me to his wedding.
- This was the first time I was going to visit Uttarakhand and his home.
- His village is around 600 km from my hometown so I also asked one of my cousins to travel with me.
- I had my friend’s address as he emailed me his wedding card.
- We departed early in the morning and after a couple of hours drive, we entered the state of Uttarakhand.
- We were travelling with the aid of Google Map.
- We were only 50 km away from my friend’s place when my mobile internet started losing signal because of rainy weather.
- As a result, we missed one turn and started following the wrong route.
- After travelling few kilometres, we stopped at one food outlet to have some snacks.
- At that place, we got internet and realized that we missed a turn and on the wrong route.
- As our mobile internet was still not working, it was really difficult for us to travel with the help of Google Map.
- So, we enquired from the owner of the food shop, unfortunately, he did not know about that village.
- I was feeling completely lost as we were getting late for the function.
- After thinking for a few minutes, finally I decided to call my friend but I was doubtful regarding weather he will pick my phone or not.
- Fortunately, after 2-3 missed calls, finally, my friend’s brother picked the phone and made me understand the route.
- Finally, I reached my friend’s place and took a sigh of relief.
- Well, that day I experienced both the benefit and drawback of technology.
Follow up questions
- Do you often get lost?
Not at all. These days I always have access to applications like Google Map so there are very rare chances of getting lost unless the location registered on the Google Map is incorrect.
- Is map-reading skill important?
Yes, I think so. However, these days technology like Digital Mapping has made it quite easy to find locations using digital maps. Still, reading and understanding maps become really important especially when you don’t have access to the Internet. At those times, having knowledge of directions and different symbols used on the map is really crucial to find your destination correctly.
- Are some people good at map-reading than others?
Yes, it’s true some individuals are very adept at reading maps. Moreover, I feel study also plays crucial role in this context as some people have studied maps really well during their schooling.
- Why some people like travelling to other places?
Well, everyone has a different purpose for travelling to other lands. However, the majority of people travel to foreign lands to enjoy the natural beauty of those places. Many people travel to break their monotonous routine and to have some enjoyment. Some people also travel to experience the culture and traditions of a host country. For instance, many foreigners flock to India just to know about the customs and experience the Indian lifestyle.
- Should they find information about the place before going there?
Definitely, they should. Firstly, having knowledge of destination always helps in making plans accordingly such as what kind of clothes they should carry. Apart from this, if tourists have information about the place, they can decide regarding the popular places they can visit there.
Over-dependence (Noun): dependence on something to an excessive level
Email (Verb): to send an email to someone
Food outlet (Noun): a shop that sells food items and non-alcoholic beverages
Enquire (Verb): to ask for information
A sigh of relief (Idiom): a feeling of comfort after worrying about something
Digital Mapping (Noun): a process to create a virtual image of collected data
Adept (Adjective): having a natural ability to do something
Monotonous (Adjective): not changing and boring
Flock (Verb): to visit or move to a particular place